Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: ” What should I do if I’m injured as a passenger in a car accident?”
By now, you have probably heard of various rideshare apps that allow individuals to summon a car and driver through a smartphone app to take them from place to place. Common rideshare apps include Uber and Lyft. Taking a ride through a rideshare app can be incredibly convenient. For a little money, you are able to go from Point A to Point B without having to use your own vehicle or drive through traffic. Rideshare also is a safe alternative to getting behind the wheel when you might otherwise be distracted or under the influence of an impairing substance.
Even though using a rideshare app is convenient, it does not come without its own set of problems. Recently, a North Carolina man took the ride of his life with a Lyft driver, according to ABC6. The passenger, who has remained unidentified, was taking a Lyft when the driver started speeding in excess of 120 miles per hour. The passenger recorded the speed at approximately 130 miles per hour on his cell phone. The Lyft driver was driving so fast that a state trooper that he passed could not catch up to him at that speed. The driver was allegedly afraid of going to jail and told the passenger that he needed to go. A state trooper was not able to catch up with the driver until the passenger was already dropped off.
The Lyft driver was cited going more than double the speed limit and with reckless driving. The safety of passengers in a Lyft, Uber, or other rideshare service has come to light recently. While the passenger of this speedy Lyft was not injured during this incident, the situation could have quickly become a tragedy. If you have been injured through the use of a rideshare, you might have a personal injury claim. It is important to speak with an attorney to determine what options, if any, are available to you under the circumstances of the injury or occurrence.
Of course, there is no way to guarantee safety in every situation, but taking these precautions could help keep you safe on your rideshare journey:
- Always check the license plate, make, model, and name of the driver against the app
- Wait inside until the driver arrives to pick you up
- Ask the driver what your name is (the passenger being picked up)
- Ride in the backseat
- Share the status of your trip with another
- Try to take a rideshare when you are not alone
- Keep personal information to yourself
The safety of both the driver and passenger is of the utmost importance in a rideshare transaction. If you have been injured while riding, or driving, a rideshare service, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here for you. The law takes time to catch up with technology. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing you quality legal service even if the cause of your injury is a relatively new service. Contact us today for a consultation, now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and our new location in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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